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Paralyzed Mother Gets Help Remodeling House

Published On: Feb 22 2012 08:50:30 AM CST   Updated On: Feb 23 2012 04:25:09 AM CST

The community has stepped up for the pregnant Redding woman who was paralyzed in a recent rollover crash.

Doctors performed an emergency c-section on 32 year-old Marcella Wagner when her car was clipped on Interstate Five, sending it rolling down a hill near Jellys Ferry Road by Red Bluff.

The family is hoping to apply for programs to help offset the more than $600,000 in medical bills, but they say there are other challenges ahead.

"It's heart wrenching to see her go through this. It's heart wrenching to not be able to see her do things she wants to do with her baby Logan. I know that's going to hurt her but it's been very heartwarming and overwhelming the reaction from the population," said her brother, Greg Wagner.

The family's home is more than 50 years old. Their plan was to move out in a few years, but that has changed since the accident.

With the help of Jeter Built Construction the house has been completely gutted. The City of Redding and PG&E have also helped out, waiving several fees.

An architectural designer from Mount Shasta, who was once paralyzed himself has been drawing up building plans for the house.

Marcella's husband said this is all part of the road to recovery.

"I want to create a better world and as nice of a world and life that I can provide for my wife and son. That's why this remodel has to happen," said Dave Campbell.

Jeterbilt construction is being helped by 20 other local vendors.

Greg Wagner said he's amazed by the support.

"In these tough economic times when things are so bad for people to step up and do these things, it really does uplift your spirit. I'm really proud to be part of Redding."

Marcella is still in the ICU and on a ventilator. Campbell said she will most likely go to Santa Clara soon and spend about two months in physical therapy.

The family hopes to have the remodel finished by then.

Baby Logan is about four pounds now and the family expects him to go home sometime this week.

Jeter Built Construction is accepting any help from the community as they rebuild the home.

If you would like to help out call: (530) 378-0803